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Unreleased Bruce Springsteen song to feature on Blinded By The Light movie soundtrack

Bruce Springsteen in 2018 © Getty

A previously unreleased Bruce Springsteen studio song called ‘I’ll Stand By You’ is one of 12 tracks by The Boss set to feature on the Blinded By The Light soundtrack.

Set to hit UK cinemas on 16th August, the Gurinder Chadha directed musical comedy-drama Blinded By The Light is inspired by the life of journalist Sarfraz Manzoor and his obsession with Bruce Springsteen.

Taking its name from the 1973 Springsteen song of the same name and based on Manzoor’s biography ‘Greetings From Bury Park’, a plot synopsis for Blinded By The Light reads:

Set in 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, Blinded By The Light is a joyous, coming-of-age story about a teenager who learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the words and music of Bruce Springsteen.”

Here is the trailer: 

Originally recorded for the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone but rejected by producers, ‘I’ll Stand by You’ is described as a contemporary ballad and has been unreleased in its studio form until now.

Springsteen said of the track in 2017: “It was something that I thought would have fit lovely (in the movies). At some point I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort. It was a pretty lovely song.”

Bruce Springsteen classics that also feature on the Blinded by the Light soundtrack include ‘Born To Run’, ‘Badlands’, ‘Dancing In The Dark’ and the title track ‘Blinded by the Light’.

Live tracks include the first ever performance of ‘The River’ at Madison Square Garden in 1979 and ‘The Promised Land’ recorded in Washington DC in 2014. Both have previously been unavailable on an album.

The Blinded by the Light soundtrack is available to pre-order now ahead of its release on Friday 9th August.

The track-listing is as follows:

Ode To Javed/Javed’s Poem – A.R. Rahman
It’s a Sin – Pet Shop Boys
The Sun Always Shines On T.V. – a-ha
“The Boss Of Us All” (dialogue)
Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
“You Should Be Listening To Our Music” (dialogue)
“I Never Knew Music Could Be Like This” (dialogue)
*The River – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY – September 21, 1979) (previously unavailable on an album)
“Number One Paki Film” (dialogue)
Badlands – Bruce Springsteen
Cover Me – Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road– Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (Live at The Roxy Theater, West Hollywood, CA – October 18, 1975)
Get Outta My Way Fascist Pigs – Amer Chadha-Patel
“Do It For Me” (dialogue)
Prove It All Night – Bruce Springsteen
Hungry Heart – Bruce Springsteen
“You, Me…and Bruce” (dialogue)
Because The Night – Bruce Springsteen
Maar Chadapa – Heera
*The Promised Land – Bruce Springsteen (Live on The National Mall, Washington, D.C. – November 11, 2014)
Blinded By The Light – Bruce Springsteen
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
*I’ll Stand By You – Bruce Springsteen (previously unreleased studio recording)
*For You My Love – A.R. Rahman (new original song for film)

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